Harris Museum in the center of PrestonPreston

Preston is currently England's Newest City being given City status in 2002 to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee. The city sits at the lowest bridging point of the River Ribble. The city also is the county administration for Lancashire, however it is not the county town, that honour still resides with Lancaster 20 miles to the north, the county administration being moved to Preston in the 1500's as Preston was near to the center of the county than Lancaster and thus in a better position to administer the county

 

M6 at Dusk near PrestonThe A6 and M6 in Preston

The A6 into Preston from the north runs virtually North South along Garstang Road, up until it meets Ringway near to the City Center. There it turns left into London Road, this turns south again crossing the Ribble where it leaves Preston for Walton le Dale.

Preston has the distinction of being the first Town bypassed by a motorway, the Preston Bypass being opened as a 2 lane Motorway in 1958. The Motorway ran from a Roundabout just north of Preston sticking close to the east side of the town, before crossing the River Ribble, the Motorway finishing at a roundabout very close to the A6- A49 junction just south of Bamber Bridge